BBM: When Haters Become Adopted Children

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Human beings are an amazing specie. With all the hate that BBM gets everywhere, one would expect that the app would generally be snobbed if made available to most people. Not so. In the first 24 hours since the availability of the cross-platform BBM app for Android and iPhone users, there have been 10 million activations. Not downloads. Activations. So, the download figures might just be a little more than 10 million.

Granted that some of those downloads and activations will be for curiousity purposes, I guess that some people have never heard of the saying, “Don’t fool around on the river bank if you don’t want to get wet.” This thing isn’t called crackberry for nothing. You take a wiff, you’re sold. Shall we throw a party for our adopted BBMers? Yes; those aliens from Android and iOS who are now joining our party? Fortunately, we uphold equality, regardless of whether a BBMer is an adopted or biological child.

For now, my BBM contacts is swelling. The Mobility Blog BBM Groups are swelling (if you would love to join, contact the admin, @AdNikky on Twitter). People who have sworn never to touch anything that has a BlackBerry tag on it are signing up – and so far, many are using it and loving it. It is the way of the world. Not really all your “haters” are hating. They just wish they can have a piece of your pie….probably on their terms. Copy?

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “BBM: When Haters Become Adopted Children

  • October 24, 2013 at 7:33 am
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    Lol at the haters. Just remember my prediction haters, bbm shall be the number one IM app sooner than later. Eeebey kby where you dey. Lmao.

  • October 24, 2013 at 8:49 am
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    Mark! , Mark!! , Mark!!!!

    No, I ain’t one of the people making a mad rush for BBM. I have not installed it, not then not now, although I may, to keep on touch with some important contacts that are on the delusional BBM superiority train.

    And I hope Mr Mo is not hoping to start another war.

    personally, I am weary of arguing with people who just use subjectivity instead of sound logic and facts to push their positoons.

    I ain’t hating Nada. I just don’t value BBM as much as Whatsapp. For earlier stated practical reasons.

    Nobody has given me, so far, a sound reason, why I should ditch Whatsapp for BBM.

    datZall..

  • October 24, 2013 at 10:49 am
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    @ebeekay and what happens when all your contacts migrate to bbm like symbian users(like you swore never to leave) you would turn to the provibal dog that ate his vomit despite swearing never to do such. Am just trying to let you know that change is a must in this e world of ours.

  • October 24, 2013 at 11:07 am
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    I don’t think anyone actually hates BBM. The problem was the contacts on your BBM and the OS and devices that the app used to run on. BBM is arguably the best IM platform, BlackBerry Inc’s data compression and encryption technology are two of those reasons. Another is the buffer layer, you don’t have to give out your telephone number and unlike Viber, your phone contacts aren’t automatically invited. And there’s no “last seen” feature to worry about

  • October 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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    tis d fone dats hated on… bbm jes used to get hit cos one can’t help but wonder why a person will wanna buy an over priced fone for jes chatting

  • October 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm
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    Phatboislym,

    BBM is arguably the best IM platform, BlackBerry Inc’s data compression and encryption technology are two of those reasons. Another is the buffer layer, you don’t have to give out your telephone number and unlike Viber, your phone contacts aren’t automatically
    invited. And there’s no “last seen” feature to worry about

    I think those points mentioned above are mostly ofuutufeete, aka a fistful of feathers.

    Compression and encryption. Whatsapp also compresses. That’s not a particularly earth shattering point.

    As to encryption, I assume you are talking security, a platitudinous claim that does not stand much rigorous examination. You may want to Google to see that BBM is not as impervious to security breaches, as people evangelize.

    Why were different leaked versions of BBM for Android able to connect, the first attempt at release? Shouldn’t your rock solid BBM be able to validate the front end for integrity?

    If hackers were able to fool and use Apple Siri Servers successfully in the past, know that security is a Mirage in this age.

    Heard of PRIZM?

    You don’t want to give out phone numbers. What’s the big deal in phone numbers? Heck, don’t give out your email either. Or Twitter handle, or…

    And don’t give out your BBM Pin.

    That way, you won’t be bothered.

    Pray, what’s the difference? You can always block whoever you don’t want to communicate with, phone number or not.

    .. Unfriend on Facebook, unfollow/block on Twitter., blacklist cakls/sms. etc.

    Kini big deal?

    Mark,

    Am just trying to let you know that change is a must in this e world of ours.

    Thanks!

    Now..

    Physician, heal thyself. You are the folks thinking BB and all that flow from it, is the Eldorado. Now, who is clinging to, or resistant to change? Not me!

    See http://is.gd/tdk6Sv It may accentuate your vision somewhat…

    Whatsapp, as of now, is more valuable because there’s awesome power in IM numbers.

    End.

    • October 25, 2013 at 6:52 am
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      EyeBeeKay,

      The writer of that article is a horribly lonely, needy, jaundiced person. Dude said it’s rude to spam friends with (BBM) invites. Really? My friends will get offended because I invite them to BBM? Okay. *checking…..*

      So far, ALL my friends have gleefully accepted my BBM invites. Some others wouldn’t even wait for my invite and went ahead to do the inviting. People can just say the silliest things. No-one should take anyone talking like that serious. I’m glad he is happy with other platforms that he uses though.

  • October 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm
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    Granted that some of those downloads and activations will be for curiousity purposes, I guess that some people have never heard of the saying, “Don’t fool around on the river bank if you don’t want to get wet.” This thing isn’t called crackberry for nothing. You take a wiff, you’re sold. …

    Maybe there are haters, maybe I’m one of them too but I think what people were always dissing was blackberry device and not BBM and even when people talk in disparaging tone against BBM, it always have to do with Blackberry users making the claim that nothing comes close to BBM and as such BBM being enough reason to adopt the platform.

    Even though I’m not exactly underserved where IM is concerned I’m certainly going to give BBM a try soon and probably keep it for those moments when I will have need to send file types other than media files and if it is actually as good as the BB users claim then it may become my primary IM app. I don’t think that should be a crime, after all Blackberry have been using Android app support to shore up their very weak App World and the BB users who have been hating on Android are using that to console themselves as enjoying Android on Blackberry even though we know how quirky the support is.

  • October 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm
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    “I think those points mentioned above are mostly ofuutufeete, aka a fistful of feathers”

    Sigh!

    I installed BBM on my Galaxy Note but for some reason the app requests I click if I’m using a Samsung Phone then goes on to tell my “You are not connected to the Internet” what was it connected to before it loaded this page?

    I presently can’t be bothered yet because I will miss having a physical keyboard if I start paying attention to the bbm on my note.

    All eyes on BBM, Number 1 IM platform.

    Eyebeekay: Download it already

  • October 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm
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    After downloading the app, I was like, “is that all?” In 10 minutes, the novelty was gone if it was ever there. Whatsapp is better. BBM has unique features no doubt but so does whatsapp and whatsapp is a lot cleaner. Whatsapp design is miles ahead of BBM. People will download BBM but it will not replace whatsapp. Just wait for the “initial gragra” to wear off.

    As for BBM becoming number 1, I doubt it even more now. BBM was extremely cool when most people had not experienced an always-on mobile messenger. Now, most people take if for granted so BBM is just another messenger. Whatsapp still has the most significant advantage there is; availability on a wide range of platforms.

  • October 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm
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    I here by dare both ebeekay and efe to a bet. I bet that bbm will over take whatsapp in less than 2yrs. What do you both say? Name the price.

  • October 25, 2013 at 1:41 am
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    @Mark, here’s why I don’t see BBM becoming no. 1 any time soon:

    Symbian, Asha, Windows Phone

    There are more than two OS platforms. So long as BBM ignore those three, it can never be no. 1. However I suspect if they ever release BBM for Windows Phone, BlackBerry knows it’s sunk.

  • October 25, 2013 at 7:18 am
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    @Noni.
    Thats where you got it wrong. Asha windows phone all have less than 10 percent of the mobile os.

    Remember that bbm was still number 2 before it got to android and ios, even samsung’s chat on is more of a contender than whatsapp. My dear, numbers dont lie, if android and ios command over 90percent of the mobile system(like it currently does) then all bbm has to do is win in the above os to be number one. Remember china has over a billion people and majority use android same with india. Numbers dont lie, abi is 90percent not A1?

  • October 25, 2013 at 7:21 am
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    @Noni.
    Least i forget. Didnt you get the memo? Symbian is burnt out. Less than 1percent of mobile users use it. Just ask nokia that stopped making and updating it. Wanna place a bet about my prediction?

  • October 25, 2013 at 9:54 am
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    I just have one question for the BBM fanatics: what is the one thing BBM has that will give it the best chance of overtaking Whatsapp? Because as far as I can tell, BBM came late to the cross-platform party. I have used it for 3 days now and I seriously don’t get the excitement. It is a good messenger app, no doubt, but unless you can give me very valid points to back your claims, I don’t see how it is going to obliterate Whatsapp.

  • October 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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    @Muyiwa, exactly. Some people do not just get it. People jumped on the bbm wagon years ago because that was our first taste of always on mobile instant messaging. It was exciting then, new, fresh. Over the years, instant messaging has become a “normal thing”. My mum uses a Lumia 5230, she hasn’t used whatsapp once yet she has more whatsapp contacts than I do. Everybody has experienced it so there is nothing new to enjoy. Many will rush to download BBM with the promise of heaven only to find out it does nothing more and all their contacts will be the same people they have been chatting with for years. I used it for only 10 minutes and I got tired.

  • October 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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    @Mark, dont get over excited. Do you know how many users whatsapp has? 350 million! It was 300 million just a few months ago. Somehow you think BBM will displace a number that large? You must be dreaming. Windows phone is on course to be number 2 OS of choice in europe, ass and africa. We still have millions of people who would buy only asha phones. Furthermore, you are not even sure that BBM will become number 1 on iOS and Android. The overwhelming report I have been getting from android users is that it is cool to be on BBM finally but there is nothing special about it. Nothing to hold anyone to it.

    What BBM had going for it two years ago was numbers. If you weren’t on BBM, you were probably missing out on communicating with some people. So to belong, you just had to have a blackberry phone and be on bbm. The surprising thing is, people who arrogantly refused to download whatsapp had no choice a year later. Right now, it is very difficult to find a blackberry owner who doesn’t have whatsapp. The roles have been reversed. You have to be on whatsapp to communicate with most people nowadays.

  • October 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm
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    And Efe, plus Muyo_San finally wake those Joseph The Dreamers to the implausibility of BBM upsetting any Whatsapp Apple Cart.

    Perhaps Samsung pre-installation of BBM on their smartphones , and Micro_Kia’s similar deal would escalate BBMs market share a bit , but it won’t be significant enough to worry Whatsapp.

    As for those AriyawoKoYaLe that dumped Whatsapp for BBM, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, they WILL BE BACK!!!

    Meanwhile, I suggest @Mark should change his name to Joseph (the Dreamer), ASAP !….. lol

  • October 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm
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    I can’t see the ability to send any kind of file (not just media files)as earlier touted,in the BBM for Android. That was supposed to be the only real advantage over WhatsApp in my opinion. So what’s the noise about?

  • October 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm
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    And Michael Tan said:

    The last thing we want is to have yet another chat app in your phone that saps your battery, and BBM isn’t making it easy for adoptees with its old school PC-oriented style.

    Nuff said. But who doesn’t like tests? Trails don’t hurt but to add to the ‘gra gra’ and ‘insiwination’ on the table? Lai Lai!

    >Let’s see what WhatsApp has in stock in future updates. I believe numbers can change rapidly if the counters double speed. BBM will surely go a long way and if WhatsApp sleeps? Sorry, it’ll go tight.
    Don’t get me wrong. It’s just another IM. Bite me!

  • October 26, 2013 at 10:22 am
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    I have told you all to place your bets. Put your money where you mouth is. Windows os number 2? I laugh my headout. Mr mo create an avenue for us to place our bets, lets see who shall profit most. You guys should stop using nigeria and europe as case study. China is where the profit is. Just place your bets lets see who laughs last.

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